World’s larger apricot producer Malatya (province of Turkey) experienced a major frost at the final week of March. Heavy snow fell at higher elevations, while temperatures occasionally dropped to -10 Celsius across Turkey, exacting a severe toll on a number of crops, particularly in the Black Sea, Central Anatolian and East Anatolian regions.

Higher (than expected) temperatures on January and February caused fruit trees to bloom early which made them more sensitive to frost.
Approximately 85 percent of total apricot crop is damaged, especially at the regions with a high altitude. Market prices are surged as the farmers and stockists stopped supply by thinking that 2014 crop will be very weak and they wait to sell their current stocks at much higher prices on August / September.
Current apricot prices are increasing everyday without a pause. Besides, Turkish Lira getting stronger and it also supports increasing prices in a negative way. Many retailers have reportedly begun to cease dried apricot purchases, as consumer demand has witnessed a sharp decline due to high prices.
Turkish Agricultural Chambers Union (TZOB) President Şemsi Bayraktar has called the price markups“speculative moves.”“If we didn’t experience a natural disaster, there wouldn’t be price rise. Prices are being manipulated,” he said. While this year the production of apricot grows throughout the European level around 21%, Spain expects a reduction of approximately 10%, from 97.447 tons in 2013 to about 87.900 for this year, even though the surface apricot cultivation has increased in recent years and continue this trend by strong demand and popularity in the market. Spain is experiencing a change in variety in apricot. Until recently, almost all Spanish apricots were white meat. European consumer trend is changing dramatically towards the varieties of orange flesh and reddish skin type French, which generally enjoy a more intense flavor and more juicy meat, other than a longest service life and optimum maturation.
Thus, the decline in production this year is mainly due to numerous trees were uprooted white apricot for conversion, but there was also a problem vith damaged caused by frosts in Castilla-La Mancha; the Small Growers and Farmers Association (UPA) reported the damages caused by frosts in some areas of the region of Hellín, which took place just when the flowering was starting.
UPA has estimated the extent of the damage to be particularly severe in Nava de Campana, where 80% of the apricot and nectarine productions have been affected.
Frost damage on turkish apricots will cause a big raise on Uzbekistan and California, here the apricot crop appears early with variable set but good quality.
The outlook for the 2014 California apricot season varies from grower to grower, from location to location and from variety to variety. In general, however, it appears that the crop will start earlier than usual, the set is variable but averaging lighter than normal, and quality looks very good.
For some varieties someone use the word disaster to describe the set. In general, on early-season apricots, we are looking at probably half a crop, but the lighter crop could mean sizing might be a little bigger. Simultaneously to the problems encountered for the fruits, compared to 2013 have been decline in production of over 70% and increases price even of 4 times for apricot kernels (beyond that for hazelnuts), with a scrap that could be a decrease also of 80%.